In Geology you will study our planet's evolution, understanding how it first formed, how it has changed over billions of years, and predicting what it will be like in the future. You will develop and apply key scientific and transferable skills to answer fundamental questions in earth science such as: Why is our planet able to sustain life? How does the Earth's interior work, and how do processes affect the surface? How can we sustainably manage earth resources? Can we predict and mitigate the effects of global climate change? Can natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions be predicted? You will develop key geological skills and cover core topics in modern geology. A strong emphasis is placed on fieldwork, with residential trips, which have in recent years included the Lake District, various localities in north-west Scotland, Spain and Cyprus; as well as numerous one-day trips throughout. You will also develop a range of transferable skills, including report writing, oral presentations, data analysis and interpretation, critical thinking, group working and, as the programme progresses, the ability to work independently and manage project work. Earth Sciences was rated 'excellent' in the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment, and ranked 22nd in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016. The School of GeoSciences was identified in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 as having the greatest concentration of 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent' researchers in the UK.